Union says Canada Post must deal with 'injury crisis' to end walkouts

Canada Post workers strike hits Winnipeg again with a deal on the table

Canada Post workers strike hits Winnipeg again with a deal on the table

Canada Post and eBay seem to be on the same page, as this latest offer has an imposed deadline of November 17 as the crown corporation wants it accepted before the holiday rush.

"These offers simply aren't good enough, but we remain at the bargaining table and will continue to negotiate with Canada Post".

"Based on the fact that negotiations have not been going well with Canada Post, the national union felt we needed to put more pressure on Canada Post to negotiate", said Mike Keefe, a retail postal clerk and first vice-president of Nova Local, which represents 600 members.

The new offer includes a 2 per cent wage hike and some job security provisions.

Canada Post said it hopes to promptly end the rotating strikes that have created a backlog of undelivered parcels - many of them from online retailers such as eBay and Amazon Inc (NASDAQ: AMZN).

While many businesses have adapted as best they can to the strikes that began October 22, Stairs said adjustments online sellers have made so far to avoid delivery disruptions are unsustainable. The offer comes after E-Bay intervened saying there is warning of huge losses on Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.

The annual shopping days, known for their significant discounts, are set for November 23 and November 26.

On Tuesday eBay called on the Justin Trudeau government to introduce legislation to end the striking.

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A spokeswoman for Hajdu said Wednesday the government recognizes Canadians and small businesses rely on the postal service, and encouraged corporate and union negotiators to keep talking.

Canada Post said Wednesday it was facing an unprecedented backlog of shipments and warned the situation could escalate quickly.

Canada Post said recent major shutdowns of parcel processing in Toronto and Vancouver have created a backlog of almost 500 tractor-trailer loads of parcels and packages that need to be sorted.

The Crown corporation's main sorting plants in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal normally process about one-million parcels daily.

"The union just took down their pickets but we are backed up beyond anything we've ever seen in our history".

The previous peak for backlogged trailers reached 220 during last year's Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping period, he said.

It adds the offer did not address a few key issues, including pay for all hours worked.

Canada Post and CUPW have been negotiating for almost a year, most recently with the help of a federally appointed mediator, whose mandate expired this week.

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